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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Apr 1, 2010 4:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Skip to my lou

Hey, thanks for the reply. I am the anti sophistic. I'm doing this all by ear. With so many deadicated years to listening, I can hear what's going on, and I just try to copy it when I play along with my good old iPod. A lot I of can't do is technique/speed and stamina. It boggles my mind how hard it must be to sustain a run through something like PITB or WR. At any rate, the skipping seem to come from the way he attacks the picking. Like quicks and stops. I'm having a hard time explaining this. Like ditdit dah, or ditditditdit dah. I wish someone else understood what I mean to say. I could be as weird as some folks think.

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Poster: vapors Date: Apr 2, 2010 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Skip to my lou

I’m not much with terminology, but I think I have a reasonable knowledge of music theory and believe I understand what you are trying to say. Although I’ve been playing the guitar off and on for over thirty years, it is only recently that I find things falling into place and feel comfortable using a pick and playing leads. I used to get really hung up playing quick runs and triplets, but it is getting easier. I understand what makes a major, minor, or blues scale, but still don’t quite get what mixolydian is. But it don’t matter much to me, cause Jerry is teaching me all the time. His influence on how I hear and play is enormous. I have never been much good at mastering another musicians’ licks – I am just delighted when I feel that I am able to play something that sounds good.

The mood often strikes to play along with whatever I’m listening to. Having the Dead as my backing band really makes for a great workout and Jerry’s melodic sensibility guides my ear and fingers. It is quite pleasing to apply the love I have for the music to my own playing. And I don’t think any of us are trying to be Jerry Garcia – we just love his music and find immense satisfaction in emulating it on our own. Practice, practice, practice.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 2, 2010 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Skip to my lou

I can't say for sure what Jerry did, but with respect to picking and the "skipping" thing that you've identified here: a lot of what sounds like fast picking is actually one pluck that is manipulated multiple times on the neck -- hammer-on or hammer-off techniques. Six notes in a typical Garcia run might only require two or three plucks of the string with the right hand.

Another pretty typical Garcia thing was his use of a climbing or descending technique, whereby he would go up and scales incrementally. Instead of proceeding in a linear fashion up and down through multiple octaves, he would return after a few notes back to the second or third note in the ascent (or descent) and continue that way -- sort of like taking five steps forward and four steps back each time. If that makes any sense.